Boxee Preps a New Over-the-Top Box

Just ahead of this week's International CES gadgetfest in Las Vegas, buzz about over-the-top video (OTT) and cord-cutting dominate today's cable news headlines:

  • Missing from all those stories about the Iomega TV with Boxee + Storage product is that users of file-sharing sites will get their hands on a device that comes with up to 2 Terabytes of storage. (See Boxee Launches Cord-Cutting Box .)

  • Word of the new Boxee box took some sting out of the delays hindering Boxee's integration of VUDU Inc. and Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX). That's not expected to happen until at least the end of January.

  • Lots of pre-CES buzz about Steve Ballmer’s plans to unveil set-top software that'll help Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) take on Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) Roku Inc. , and other OTT video players. (See Microsoft Takes On TiVo .)

  • Noting that CE manufacturers are slashing prices on 3DTVs, Henry Blodget proclaims the technology was "dead on arrival." (See 2010 Top Ten: 3DTV Hype Builders .)

  • Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) will raise prices on programming packages by $3 to $5 per month in February, but promises to freeze those rates until January 2013.

  • Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) is hiking rates for standard cable by 6.8 percent and raising fees for digital cable by 7.7 percent on Feb. 1 in central New York.

  • USA Today dedicated a whopping 1,800 words to a front-page story about cord-cutting, so it's apparently an official mainstream trend just as CES gets ready for takeoff. (See Comcast CEO Dismisses Cord-Cutting Trend .)

    — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable

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